Why Do You Need to Take Your Dog for a Walk?
As Expert says, Lack of exercise killing dogs.
Two-thirds of vets reported a rise in obesity, heart disease and arthritis among dogs in the past year. Much of the problem is blamed on owners failing to take their dogs for enough walks, with just four in ten giving their pets an hour or more exercise a day. Dogs’ resting body temperature is already higher than that of humans, and their primary means of shedding body heat is through panting.
According to the Experts, dogs will need to stretch their legs outside for more than two hours a day, but how we can prevent dogs dying in heart stroke or exhaustion? 🤔
Following the government’s social distancing guidelines – which advise us to only leave the house for exercise once a day – many dogs will no longer be getting the multiple daily walks they have become accustomed to. For some breeds which require regular exercise, this can pose a dilemma for their owners.
Our fur babies, if there’s one thing that they really enjoy, is when we take them out for a walk. They become more lively and cheery when they go out. They exercise their body, run around, and also meet unknown fur friends! Bonus is they are doing it with the person they hold dearest, which is you.
Our dogs do not know how to walk on a leash, so by walking them, you teach them how to follow your lead. Add some extra treats so that the total training experience will be a lot more fun.
If you do not take them out, you enable them somehow to become overweight, and being overweight on pets is detrimental to their health. By walking, you allow them to exert their energy. They can move their body more freely and thus reduce their risk of unwanted weight gain.
Going out to the park or elsewhere, surely you will meet other people with their dogs too. This becomes an opportunity for them to socially interact and will also help them boost their confidence. You will know at this point, too, if they experience social anxiety. If yes, then it is a signal for you to take them into a training class that will work specifically for that problem.